Resort Rundown: Disney’s Old Key West Resort Overview
Truly an original, Disney’s Old Key Resort was the very first Disney Vacation Club resort. It’s the one that started it all, and it is unlike any other resort at Walt Disney World. The deluxe villas are the largest of any DVC resort. It is also fairly spread out and a relaxing retreat from the busy theme parks. As the name implies, Disney’s Old Key West models the Key West of decades ago, before Jimmy Buffett and other writers put the island on everyone’s travel bucket list.
Old Key West is located on the Eastern part of Walt Disney World. There are no theme parks right next door, but Disney Springs is easily accessed via water taxi. There aren’t any attractions within walking distance, but this large resort offers lots of recreation options. It can feel a little isolated at times, but just pretend you’re on an island in the keys.
Rooms / Deluxe Villas
As this is the original Disney Vacation Club resort, the entire resort is comprised of deluxe villa accommodations ranging from Studios to Three-Bedroom Grand Villas. Also as the first DVC resort, it has the largest floor plans for each villa type. The Studios are unique here in that they have two queen beds rather than one bed and one sleeper sofa–some guests prefer having the sofa to sit on, while others prefer having the second bed. The standard kitchenette is in each Studio as well as all the other standard features including a DVD player and a nice size balcony.
The one-bedroom and larger villas feel massive with high ceilings and airy, tropical decor. Fully equipped kitchens, dining table, and a sleeper sofa, as well as a sleeper chair, provide plenty of space and the comforts of home. One down side of the one-bedroom and larger villas is the TV is inside a cabinet that also serves as an island for the kitchen, placing the TV rather low to the ground. The balconies include a dining table and chairs making for a great spot for eating breakfast in the morning.
Practically all of the villas have a view of the grounds, golf course, or pool. Old Key West is a rather spread out resort and room location can be very important to some guests. To find the room that best suits your needs use our free TouringPlans Room Finder.
Come walk through a one-bedroom villa with us:
Although it is nice to make use of the kitchenette in the Studios or the full kitchens in the larger villas, you’re on vacation so eat out! Disney’s Old Key West offers one signature table service location plus two quick service options. Olivia’s is the table service restaurant and it is beloved by many fans. The entrance is donned with family photos of Disney Vacation Club members and the interior is reminiscent of a roadside family restaurant you’d find on the road down to Key West. Breakfast here is a must, but lunch or dinner are delicious here too. Olivia’s may not be a top tier location with difficult to acquire reservations, but our TouringPlans Dining Reservation Finder comes in handy for those hard to get dining reservations. It is free to use, you just need to create a TouringPlans log-in.
Around the corner from Olivia’s is Good’s Food To Go. This is a walk-up counter near the feature pool, without any interior seating, which can be rough when you visit during Florida’s hot spring or summer seasons. Near one of the resort’s quiet pools is Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks with sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. This location is only open from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM so plan accordingly. Another unsung hero of Old Key West is the Gurgling Suitcase Libations and Spirits – a name that honors the bootleggers of Key West during prohibition. This beloved little bar is open from 11:00 AM – midnight and you can order food from Olivia’s here too. Finally, if you’re on island time in your villa and don’t want to leave, there is on-site pizza delivery.
What’s a stay in a tropical themed resort without some fantastic pool time? There are four pools to enjoy here. The feature pool is very popular with its sandcastle themed water slide, sauna inside a lighthouse, and kiddie pool. There are also three quiet pools sprinkled throughout this large resort include the Old Turtle Pond which has a quick service location open for lunch.
Disney Vacation Club resorts often have a long list of recreational activities and the original DVC resort is no exception to this. Enjoy a campfire, movies under the stars, or rent a bicycle to tour around the resort the way many visitors tour actual Key West. There is a substantial sports area with volleyball, basketball, or tennis. Go fishing! Keep up with your exercise regimen at the fitness center or jogging trail. There are three playgrounds around the resort – a great feature for little ones. And to top it all off there are two video game arcades and Conch Flats Community Hall with complimentary foosball, pool, shuffleboard, ping pong, and video game consoles.
One of the most loved features of this resort is the boat transportation to Disney Springs. Old Key West guests are dropped off at Disney Springs The Landing, and are picked up there when they’re ready to return. Disney buses are available for all theme parks and the water parks, and Disney Springs as an alternative to the boat transportation. There is one main bus stop at the front of the resort and smaller stations throughout the resort. It does take a few extra minutes to get to and from the parks as the buses loop through the entire resort and stop at each station.
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5 thoughts on “Resort Rundown: Disney’s Old Key West Resort Overview”
A couple notes:
-Buses to Disney Springs run continuously throughout the day, there’s no correlation with the boat service.
-The “near hospitality house” booking category guarantees you a prime location, but doesn’t cost any additional points. All villas of a given size across OKW (studio, 1bd, 2bd, 3bd) have the same point cost regardless of view/location.
All fixed now. Thanks for the help, Andy!
I am a big fan of The Unofficial Guides, as well as Touring Plans, which I have recommended to everyone I know who is planning a WDW trip. I have used your guidebooks for each of my WDW and Disneyland trips since the early ’90s. I really didn’t give guest accessibility much thought until I traveled with older family members and then became disabled myself. I appreciate that you have a sections in the site that address accessibility, but it would really be helpful if it were addressed in the Resort Rundown pages.
For example, individuals with mobility issues would find it extremely helpful to indicate whether the resort has elevators. I had to track this information down through other sites and learned that only 3 buildings at the resort have elevators. This information is invaluable to those of us who are not wheelchair bound but struggle with using stairs. I strongly suggest that “elevator” be added to your Accessibility category in your TouringPlans Room Finder as well.
Thank you for your time.
Loving all of your information. Very helpful! I want to stay as close to the hospitality house and main pool as possible (Old Key West). What buildings would you consider to be the closest to these? I’ll be walking with two young children, ages 8 and 6.
Hey Justine, it might be best for you to take a look at our Room Finder tool so you can see a map of the resort and see exact room views from each room to determine which ones would suit your needs. https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/room-finder